Smartphones’ future looks good. Mobile manufacturers are paying attention to camera modules more than ever, from embedding the latest sensors to offering cams multiple abilities thanks to a dual structure. Meanwhile, specialists in the imaging field are joining forces to make cameras smarter then ever before. Just now, Tessera announced the acquisition of Pelican Imaging, a company that offers depth-sensing technology for mobile, drone, automotive and AR/VR. With FotoNation‘s expertise, they intend to work on new, high performance, low power computational imaging solutions #mobilemagic
Why is this important?
FotoNation’s computational imaging and computer vision algorithms have already changed the fate of smartphones from companies like Alcatel, Oppo and OnePlus. Their face detection and beautification algorithms helped users make up their mind regarding the purchasing decision. On the other hand, Pelican Imaging solutions helps users make content with depth. They can refocus, focus on multiple subjects, segment objects, take linear depth measurements, apply filters, change backgrounds, and create 3D models, from any device. They have previously worked with Qualcomm and Nokia.
Their past projects are a sign that these two companies can make #fotomagic. “This acquisition shows our commitment to further invest in strategically building our growing portfolio of multi-camera and smart imaging solutions,” said Tom Lacey, CEO of Tessera. “We will integrate Pelican’s advanced imaging technologies and engineering talent with FotoNation, to accelerate the development of deeper and more feature-rich solutions to capitalize on the growing demand for these technologies.”
Let’s wait and see when and how they will impact the phones of tomorrow.